11th Annual BMI Urban Awards
Urban music’s leading creators shared the stage at BMI’s Urban Awards at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. The annual event celebrates the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the past year’s most-performed r&b, rap and hip-hop songs in the BMI repertoire.
The 2011 ceremony featured high-wattage star energy and broke BMI records. The incomparable Snoop Dogg was honored as a BMI Icon. With seven songs amongst the most-performed, Drake accepted his very first BMI Urban Songwriter of the Year crown. At 22, B.o.B became the youngest songwriter ever to win BMI Urban Song of the Year thanks to his “Nothin’ on You,” featuring Bruno Mars.
Only 20 years old, Lexus “Lex Luger” Lewis carved out his own location in BMI history, becoming the youngest ever to be named BMI Urban Producer of the Year. In addition to Luger, BMI honored Leading Producers Polow Da Don, Daniel “Kane Beatz” Johnson, R. Kelly and Kanye West.
Universal Music Publishing Group scored 13 songs among the year’s most-performed and claimed the BMI Urban Publisher of the Year crystal.
A stacked live musical tribute paid homage to Snoop Dogg. Wiz Khalifa kicked off the tribute with “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” The Lady of Rage followed with “Deep Cover” Too $ hort delivered “Gin & Juice” Warren G, Kurupt and Daz Dillinger came together for “Ain’t No Fun” Game performed “Murder was the Case” Charlie Wilson delivered “Beautiful” Akon followed with “Sexual Seduction” Nas and Kurupt wowed with “Next Episode” and lastly, Aftermath’s Dr. Dre offered a heartfelt speech before Snoop Dogg himself joined Bootsy Collins and Charlie Wilson on stage to deliver “What’s My Name?” as the towering finale.
BMI honors songwriters who have had a “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” as Icons. Snoop Dogg joins a list of past honorees that consists of George Clinton, The Jacksons, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Small Richard, Chuck Berry, The Bee Gees, Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, to name but a couple of.
Rappers Snoop Dogg (L) and Game perform onstage
Rapper Akon performs onstage
Rapper Wiz Khalifa
Janina Gavankar (Accurate Blood)
Rapper Busta Rhymes
Rapper Ace Hood
Shante Broadus, Cori Broadus and rapper Snoop Dogg
“Just pleased to be here, you know. The work that I do. When I go writing songs and producing records, I do it from the heart and be appreciated. For so many years, the men and women have given it back to me, it is stunning.” Snoop Dogg mentioned.
On how he was raised: “I was raised about men and women. I had friend who were Asians, Latin American ,white, black and when I was raised about those sort of people, it just appears like my music reaches those kinds of folks. I do not make music intentionally for 1 particular style of people, I make music for people in general and my music reaches folks. So I believe that’s what it is. It’s about how I was raised, just how I like to be around different men and women. It is not about my individuals because I feel like everybody is my folks.”
Snoop Dogg’s assistance: ” To locate out what your doing and turn into excellent at it. If it is, but do some singing, writing – turn into fantastic at what you do. Do not be great at it because everybody is very good but to become fantastic or particular so take your time and discover out what you are excellent at and make it excellent and perhaps grow to be who you are.”
Singer Drake poses with the Urban Songwriter of the Year Award for “Bedrock”
That’s like possibly the most thrilling award that I could possibly win. I recently won an award this year for some thing similar for songwriting and that’s my favorite awards to win. I really feel like quite usually awards are like a popularity contest, you know sort of, often there’s no point of even going but for BMI, to be in a company that I am so closely affiliated with, they are like a family to me and to honor me with an award like this. It just lets me know that almost everything is according to strategy since genuinely all I care about is the words. The words and these people. I am honored.”
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